OK, bear with me here. I am not here to say that XTR or XT or LX are not good components. I am just asking you it you think that maybe Deore and even Avilio could be about the same in most areas other than maybe a few grams in weight?
This is where I'm coming from. I have had a few Kleins and a few Treks and a few Gary Fishers. With components ranging from XT to Avilio. My current Gary Fisher has a Deore Rear derailer and shifters and an Avilio front derailer. (I recently traded in my old Klein with some extra money so I could get both a road bike and a mountain bike. So they came with lower end components.) I was expecting to maybe have some issues or just a sloppy feel with the shifting but was pleasantly surprised that this new low end stuff works GREAT! Actually, it feels better than my XT stuff on my did. So I asked one of the guys at the bike shop about it and he said that, other than weight, a Deore component is about the same as an LX or XT and so on. I know they lighter materials in the more expensive stuff but we are talking a few grams. Other than that, he seemed to think that the reliability and performance would be about the same. And I would'nt have beleived him myself if I didn't have first hand experience.
So it just makes me wonder why so many people feel the need to spend SO much more on the higher end components when there isn't much difference (or atleast in my experience). I understand that the nicer bikes come with the higher end stuff but other than that it would seem like unless you REALLY need to save a few grams in weight, you don't really need anything more than, say, Deore.
What do you guys think? What have you experienced yourselves?